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Floundering (1994)

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Noted independent film producer Peter McCarthy made his writing and directing debut with this surreal comedy. John Boyz (James LeGros) is an aimless sad sack who is wandering Los Angeles in the wake of the 1992 riots. John is in an unclear state of mind; he can't find a job (and doesn't really want one), the IRS has confiscated his money, his girlfriend Jessica (Lisa Zane) is sleeping around, he can't figure out what the beautiful but mysterious Elle (Marzita Rivera) wants from him, his drug-addicted brother Jimmy (Ethan Hawke) needs 3,000 dollars for a detox program, and police chief Merryl Fence (Nelson Lyon) is encouraging the citizens of L.A. to kill themselves. A stellar roster of actors and musicians appear in cameo roles, including John Cusack, Steve Buscemi, Billy Bob Thornton, Viggo Mortensen, Jeremy Piven, Dave Navarro, Dave Alvin, and Exene Cervenka. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

James LeGros
as John Boyz
Lisa Zane
as Jessica
Sy Richardson
as Commander K
Kim Wayans
as Unemployment Clerk
Nelson Lyon
as Chief Fence
Alex Cox
as Photographer
Dave Navarro
as Drug Kid
Dave Roberson
as Burly Driver
Tom Cortese
as Drug Dealer
Gary Gershaw
as Loan Officer
Catherine Butterfield
as Nurse Folicle
Zander Schloss
as Catatonic Man
Ted Raimi
as Sale Salesman
Shaka
as Shaman
Chazz Carter
as Crack Smoker
Del Zamora
as 2nd Crack Smoker
Rick Najera
as Good Samaritan
David Alvin
as Chauffeur
David H. Goodman
as Businessman
Dave Alvin
as Chauffeur
Viggo Mortensen
as Homeless Man
Exene Cervenka
as Homeless Woman
Henry Blake Mortensen
as Homeless Child
Dolores Deluxe
as Breadstore Clerk
Eddie Baytos
as Paper Thief
Ed Pansullo
as Flower Vendor
Alex Michel
as Producer
Anna Wacks
as Westside Kid
Bill Fishman
as Insurance Salesman
Ned Bellamy
as Phonebook Salesman
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Critic Reviews for Floundering

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5)

All-too-aptly named.

August 26, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

This first feature by independent producer Peter McCarthy is fairly lightweight, but the cast and low-rent production credits have a certain charm.

August 26, 2013 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

While the disjointed tale of contemporary alienation doesn't always connect the dots, it has a raw energy and sense of fun that's infectious.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

Because the speechifying lacks the cutting comic edge that distinguishes good satire, Floundering too often blubbers when it should be viciously funny.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/5
New York Times
Top Critic

The movie gets a lot of mileage out of a seemingly simple concept.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.54 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Yet another quirky independent comedy about a disenfranchised white male urban slacker, Floundering is distinguished mainly by its left-leaning politics and numerous cameos by boho thespians and alternative rockers.

August 26, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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